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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 am

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I am sorting through my track day kit ready for March and I think I need a good Tyre pressure gauge as at the moment I am using the one on the pump in the back of the car and I am guessing it is not very accurate,any recommendations would be very welcome also do any of you wear gloves on track days if so what are the benefits.
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Post by Ranjan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:31 pm

Mark,

Just get a semi-decent one like the one below:

https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/venhill ... i-vhpvt32/

It is good enough for track days.

Unless you have a particularly slippery steering wheel don't bother with gloves in a fixed roof car especially in France during the summer!
You don't need them.

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Re: Markl17 - Track days

Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:33 pm

Markl17 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 am
Morning
I am sorting through my track day kit ready for March and I think I need a good Tyre pressure gauge as at the moment I am using the one on the pump in the back of the car and I am guessing it is not very accurate,any recommendations would be very welcome also do any of you wear gloves on track days if so what are the benefits.
Mark
Oops, just missed this before I started my own thread on this matter. I used the



gauge for a few years and it seemed spot on. No track usage though, just normal roads.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:30 pm

Thanks I will order an analogue one as suggested and not bother with the gloves.
On a similar note is it better to take Tyre pressures after a couple of laps or after say 15 minutes I am just trying to make my track days less random.
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Post by mrspiller » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:37 pm

I prefer to wear gloves with the standard steering wheel


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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:43 pm

Can never understand people wearing gloves as you can't feel the steering wheel through your hands :!:
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Post by qwakers » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:44 pm

I do because i have to when racing, so its what im used to..,
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Post by Ranjan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:54 pm

Markl17 wrote:
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Thanks I will order an analogue one as suggested and not bother with the gloves.
On a similar note is it better to take Tyre pressures after a couple of laps or after say 15 minutes I am just trying to make my track days less random.
Mark
Mark,

Some very broad comments dealing with tyre pressures:

If using road tyres on track start at about 28psi (cold tyres) if the ambient temp is not too cold. Then go on track, do a stint, come back in and immediately take a reading of all four tyres. You should see them reading anything between 32-34psi. Lower them to 30psi and go out again and see how they feel; what is the grip like? Come in again and check pressures again and alter to suit grip levels. Road tyres overheat quickly so keep checking the pressures immediately after stints.

If using semi-slicks just remember they all have different characteristics but generally start at about 26psi cold and go out do a stint and then check again. Reset to 28psi and go out again and see how the grip levels feel. Semi-slicks generally have much more linear thermal characteristics than road tyres so you can do longer stints on them than road tyres and should not show too much pressures changes once warmed up.

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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:14 pm

This is really good information because I would come in after a stint take the pressures but not really now what to do so was just guessing.sorry if it makes me sound like a newby.
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Post by New Duke » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:47 pm

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Can never understand people wearing gloves as you can't feel the steering wheel through your hands :!:
Can with my Alpinestars Tech 1 V2s mate, they're grippy but still thin and flexible enough to feel under the fingers.

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Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:28 pm

As a side note. In a kart the glove that stands out is the Sparco tide. The racing equivalent is Sparco Tide RG-9.

It has a special volcanic grip that absorbs small vibrations whilst giving you good grip and feel. They are expensive but definitely worth it, for kart racing at least.

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Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:58 pm

Here is a demo of the kart version of the gloves on a greasy drying track and they felt perfect...


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Post by GreySilver Beast » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:04 pm

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Post by Markl17 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:15 pm

Thanks Nigel
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Post by Markl17 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:43 pm

🇫🇷🔔 BREAKING NEWS. Le Mans Classic et Mazda France sont heureux d’annoncer la venue de la Mazda 787b les 2-3-4-5 juillet prochains. C’est une grande nouvelle pour tous les fans qui la réclamaient depuis très longtemps. Cette voiture, première japonaise à remporter les 24 Heures du Mans en 1991, est particulièrement appréciée pour la sonorité de son moteur rotatif.

🇬🇧🔔 BREAKING NEWS Le Mans Classic and Mazda France are pleased to announce the arrival of the Mazda 787b on July 2-3-4-5. This is great news for all the fans who have been waiting for it since a while. The first Japanese car to win Le Mans is particularly appreciated for the sound of its rotary engine.

This has just made my trip to the le man classic even more special,I can’t wait.
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Post by Neilparry » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:05 pm

Is it this one
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Post by Markl17 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:12 pm

Yes that’s the one,have you seen it in action Neil? I have never seen it
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Post by Neilparry » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:39 pm

No
it was in the museum when I visited a few years ago.

If your into nostalgia it’s the place to go.
You do need a good half day if your into reading all the info.
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Post by Markl17 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:45 pm

I think the museum is worth a visit all on its own I do like old race cars.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:22 am

Hi
I spent some time today getting the car ready for my first track day of the year, I am quite pleased with the harness brace.
I also fueled it up and premixed for the first time as I thought if I am doing more track days this year a little extra protection would not go a miss.roll on the 1st March
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Post by Neilparry » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:13 pm

Looks track ready now Mark


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Post by Markl17 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:30 pm

Neilparry wrote:
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Looks track ready now Mark ImageImage


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Thanks Neil,it looks the business and easy to remove after the track day when it goes back to a road car.
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Post by qwakers » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:44 pm

have you got any more detailed pics of the harness bar?

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Post by Neilparry » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:48 pm

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